Interesting E-commerce Stats from Verisign

Some interesting statistics from Verisign.com (Yes, the company which operates the .com and .net domain!)

746,934,000 – The number of worldwide Internet users, up 10 percent in 2008. And, for the  first  time  in  the  history  of  the  Internet,  consumer  IP  traffic  surpassed  business IP traffic in 2008, most of it being broadband or faster.

Top 5 Internet Markets

(country)  (Internet users)  (penetration)   (worldwide share)
US  (182,779,000 ) ( 61% ) ( 16% )
China   ( 137,000,000) ( 10% )  ( 12% )
India  ( 72,746,000 ) ( 7% )  ( 6% )
Japan  ( 67,489,000 ) ( 53% ) ( 6% )
United Kingdom  ( 43,752,000 ) ( 72% )  ( 4% )

2 out of 3 – Number  of  Internet  users  who  visit  social networking  sites – a  number  that  has more than doubled in the last three years. (needs less to say, facebook is the king of social networking now)

2 out of 3 – Internet users  in the United States shopped and made a purchase online in 2007.

$146 billion – U.S.  retail e-commerce  sales  in 2008, greater  than  the GDP  of  Switzerland,  Sweden,  South Africa, Portugal, and Denmark combined.

$1243 – Amount the average American will spend shopping online this year.

$68.88 – The average PayPal Transaction

85% – Number of online shopeers who actually buy thing.

Top Internet Retailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Unique Visitors
eBay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  72,972,000
Amazon Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  57,002,000
Apple Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  45,396,000
Wal-Mart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30,398,000
Target Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . .  27,978,000
Shopzilla.com Sites . . . . . . . . . . . .  21,425,000
Yahoo! Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19,278,000
Moviefone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15,632,000
Best Buy Sites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14,585,000
Ticketmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13,487,000

You can download the PDF here.

Last but not least, do you know Verisign also owns Thawte.com and Geotrust.com? It makes them the giant in SSL Security Products!

All new design for sohoStore & bizStore!

Voila everyone, back from holiday yet? Time to rock again! We would like to start with announcing all new online store templates available for sohoStore and bizStore. See more below!

Serendipity

Now even the colourful, young, energetic template is available for sohoStore. This one is perfect for clothing sellers! (Click on template below to see the live demo store, switch the theme in real time!)

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Maybank Visa Debit supports PayPal

Do you know that Maybank Visa Debit Card is now supporting PayPal Fund Withdrawal?

We have prepared a visual step-by-step guide for you to follow through.

See how it works here.

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(nice picture courtesy of nicholas chan)

If you are a Malaysia Merchant are selling online and you use PayPal to take credit card payment (a lot of eBay sellers do), the drawback for Malaysian Merchants is that PayPal cannot be linked to your local bank accounts (which online merchants from US, UK, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia etc can) for now.  So the money cannot be easily cashed out.

As you can see, this is the main reason why it’s NOT so convenient for Malaysia Merchants, especially the “SDN BHD” setup (Private Limited), to utilize PayPal in their online store for time being.

Once PayPal support connecting to Malaysian bank account (which we hope very soon), it will be a very viable payment solution for businesses to sign-up and start selling to the world (aka cross-border trading).

Still, linking to a Visa Branded Debit Cards is one of the pretty convenient way for Small Business with a sole proprietary or partnership setup to transfer the hard-earned money to the card (so can use ATM to withdraw the CASH) to pay the bills and expand the business.  Another plus point, did I mention PayPal is FREE to sign up too? (we recommend business account only for merchants).

More interesting read

Learn more about PayPal at our PayPal Learning Centre

or Start Selling Online with webShaper stores + PayPal now (Get a Free PayPal bag!)

Mobile Laptop Desk !?

Who dare to complain you are NOT working hard if you carry this?

Imagine how you can work like this (see pictures), easily move around in your warehouse or offices acting busy whacking people for NOT wrapping up the products fast enough to be shipped.

Damn productive tools.

If your boss getting you this, don’t be surprised if he wants you to take this thing to the toilet and work! Pray hard!

Mobile Laptop Desk
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001G713NO